Hooghly Imambarah Hospital Know About Hooghly Imambarah Hospital

The Imambarah Hospital is maintained almost wholly from the Mohsin Fund with the help of private subscription from mills on the other side of the river. This Hospital was established through the exertion of the Civil Surgeon Dr Thomas Alexander Wise. It was first located in a hired house in the Chawkbazar, and then in a house in Mogaltuli Lane, formerly occupied by the Madrasas, and was under the charge of Civil Surgeon. In 1839 Dr Wise was succeeded by Dr Esdaile and enthusiast for medical mesmerism, through whose exertion some professional mesmerism were added to the staff. At that time Bunder Chunder Chowdhury, the first Bengali Surgeon was appointed from the Mohsin Fund at Imambarah Hospital and he used to get Salary of Rs.100/- and Rs.30/- for the palanquin from 1853 to 1863. It has also a Mussalman department for yunani medicine and a dai class from 1872 to 1878, this class started again in 1902. In 1894, the hospital was removed to its present site in one of the smaller Barracks. An operation room was added in 1898, and out patient block in May 1906, at a cost of about 11,000/- by Mohsin Fund, in 1908 new and up to date operation room was built at cost of Rs.4730/- raised by Public subscription, The Building mentioned below:-

Name of Building No of Beds
Two Surgical Ward 16
Medical Ward 8
Dysentery Wards 8
Cholera Ward 2
Pauper Wards 6
Total 40

Lt Col. Crowford listed 85 commodities which were in use as indigenous drugs in the Imambarah Hospital and prepared a classified list of as many as 240 items of organic and inorganic materials in medicinal use and available in the Hooghly market.

Lt. Col. Crowford made a list of Civil Surgeon of Hooghly from 1813 to 1900 ( See Hooghly Medical Gazetteer Page520)